Flora Cheong-Leen (above) plans to relocate to London to pursue her dream of being a truly global designer. 'It was at my last fashion show in China that I realised that you have to make it in the fashion capitals - London, New York , Milan or Paris - before people here respect you as an international designer,' she says. Flora has a shop in swanky Knightsbridge and her label, Tin Ai, is sold all over Europe. But being based in London means she will be seen as a Chinese designer established overseas and that means a lot to label-hungry Asian consumers. That's not to say success has eluded Flora. Her company has grown rapidly in the past two years, with orders coming in from Europe and all over China. She has 15 stores in Beijing and Shanghai, but the most lucrative part of her business is the corporate designer department, where she has designed uniforms for more than 150 companies ranging from Phillip Morris and Motorola to Ocean Park and Standard Chartered Bank. Flora recently took part in an exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum entitled 'Mao: From Icon to Irony'. Her use of the ubiquitous Mao badge in her designs was exhibited alongside work by New York-based, Hong Kong-born designer Vivienne Tam. Being busy means Flora's love life has taken a back seat of late. 'As a ballerina, I learnt the sacrifice you make in the name of art,' she says. 'I make the same sacrifice in the name of business.'